After helping to revolutionize the way people get active with video games, Nintendo is seeking to put all of that energy to work over the summer of 2010 with the help of 2008 Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson (and Mario, of course) in the first-ever Wii Games competition.
An event in New Jersey’s Liberty State Park will kick things off on July 16th as Nintendo urges players of all ages and backgrounds to come out to tournament events in 24 markets and shoot for top scores in order to reach the national championship event in Los Angeles on September 3rd through 5th.
But before you mutter something under your breath about this being a Wii Fit marathon, know that it’s actually more than that… much more.
Five activities will be the focus of the event, including Wii Fit Plus‘s Hula Hoop challenge, basketball and bowling from Wii Sports Resort, Mario Kart Wii, and New Super Mario Bros. Wii. The event is open to “kids, teens, adults, seniors, and families,” so it may even be possible for some of the more “hardened” gamers to let Mom, Dad, Grandma, and Grandpa handle the Hula Hoops and bowling while you polish up your Blue Shells and Ice Flowers for the other stuff.
So, supposing you and your Nexus-like assembly of siblings and elders manage to get to Los Angeles and win this thing, then what? Well, then you’ll be able to receive “great prizes like Nintendo systems and games, home entertainment packages, a cruise, trophies, and the national exposure that comes with victory.”
Fame, riches, glory, and to crush your enemies, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women. That’s what we all want, is it not?
Johnson (@ShawneyJ on Twitter) said the following about the event:
“I play Wii games with my friends and family all the time. I’m looking forward to watching people from all over the country coming together to have fun and compete.”
To find the list of locations where events will be held (some of which Johnson will be attending), you can visit the Wii Games: Summer 2010 website, where you can also register and learn more about the games, events, rules, and prizes.